May 26, 2018

portraiture, old age and public art



I'm just thinking about how the new mural features this portrait of an elderly woman from the University Heights neighborhood. When I first started painting, I did several portraits of older people. I've always loved Tiepollo's etchings of old men and Rembrandt's astonishing portraits of the elderly. But the galleries I worked with could never do anything with this work of mine. Public art, when you have a chance to do it, seems like a good place to include the spectrum of human experience.

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These studio notes are scraps of poetry and ideas that feed my work as a painter. I hope they establish a bit of context for the paintings and my intention in making them. Whatever I paint, I’m trying to create some space for us to sit with the questions that are not meant to be answered.

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